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8/17/2018

The Boston Globe received a threatening phone call Thursday after it published an editorial pushing back against attacks on the media. The news outlet is taking additional safety precautions on the advice of local and federal authorities.

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Axios
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8/17/2018

Verizon, working with Nokia, completed a 5G handoff in the 28 GHz band between two vehicles traveling between radio sectors. The companies touted the tests as a milestone, with the results having been achieved in the field under the 5G NR Layer 3 3GPP industry standard.

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FierceWireless
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Verizon, Nokia
8/17/2018

A Michigan consortium appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder is advocating steps to bring high-speed fixed broadband service to unserved homes in the state. The group has released a report on strategies for bridging the state's digital divide.

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MLive (Michigan)
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Gov. Rick Snyder
8/17/2018

Verizon has applied for an experimental license to test gear that supports 28 GHz signals in a Dallas suburb. The telecom, whose request comes a few months before the Federal Communications Commission begins an auction for 28 GHz licenses, says the tests will not cover parts of the band for which it already holds licenses.

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FierceWireless
8/17/2018

The internet of things could become the conduit for so-called MaDIoT attacks on electrical grids if enough high-wattage appliances attach to Wi-Fi networks, Princeton University scientists say. They theorize that even swings in power use that are within the usual range of such appliances could lead to power grid failures.

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Ars Technica
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Princeton University
8/16/2018

Some Wall Street analysts see cable's entry into the wireless market as generally being via a careful, as opposed to aggressive, approach. Macquarie Research expects Charter Communications to add 650,000 mobile subscribers over the next 13 months, while Oppenheimer analysts predict that Comcast's Xfinity Mobile will have 1.3 million subscribers by the end of the year and 3.3 million by the end of 2020.

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FierceWireless
8/16/2018

In places where there are more livestock than people and where miles of land separate one household from the next, finding an internet connection can sometimes be challenging. The length of time it would take and the amount it would cost to build a fiber network in certain remote regions can make it nearly impossible to bring high-speed fiber connections to rural areas. But America's internet service providers have been working towards innovative solutions to bridge the digital divide. Read more.

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ncta.com
8/16/2018

Sprint is using Elastic Stack's open-source monitoring, analytics and search tools to identify and prevent cyberfraud. Company leaders say the strategy has reduced fraud by up to 95% daily.

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Sprint
8/16/2018

Approximately 350 newspapers nationwide are running editorials today that make bold statements about freedom of the press while denouncing President Donald Trump's anti-media rhetoric. Several TV and radio stations also are participating.

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CNN
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Donald Trump
8/16/2018

Amazon is planning to expand its programming through its Twitch platform to better compete with YouTube. The company has been approaching media companies and personalities over the past several months to boost its content, offering minimum guarantees of millions of dollars, as well as a portion of future sales and subscription revenue, sources say.

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YouTube, Amazon